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Graduate Assistant - Early Childhood Assistant Teacher

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Position type: Student
Location: New York
Categories: Education/Instructional

Candidate must be a Teachers College student with at least one year of experience working directly with young children, preferably in a classroom setting.

This position requires approximately 16-20 hours per week over 2-3 days scheduled around field placements and courses.  The tentative start date for this position isWednesday, September 2, and concludes June 25. In order to be considered candidates must be available for four (4) days of training last week of August. Total salary is 10K and 6 credits.

Responsibilities involve:

• Working directly with young children as a classroom assistant teacher under the supervision of head teachers.
• Supporting head teachers in all aspects of education and care of children including facilitating children's play, maintaining classroom routines, documenting children's activities and follow children's lead to enact an emergent curriculum.
• Graduate students take increasing responsibility over time as they become more integrated into the classroom team. Most often, our "GAs" are enrolled in a graduate program that emphasizes work with young children. GAs are responsible for the classroom in the absence of head teachers, such as due to parent conference, absence, etc.
• Supporting other part time staff in their teaching practice such as by modeling high-quality teaching and care.
• Preparing, maintaining and organizing classroom materials.
• Communicating with classroom teachers about students' needs.
• Supporting a welcoming environment for families
• Documenting student progress on a daily basis
• Writing end of year narrative summary reports describing children's experience and development during the year.
• Preparing, maintaining and organizing classroom materials.
• Attending and participating in staff, team, and GA meetings.
• Participating in Center-wide events during and outside scheduled classroom hours such as Curriculum Night.
• You must be a matriculated Teachers College student who are registered for at least 6 credits (or equivalent). If you are applying from a job posted outside of TC (Monster or Indeed, etc), note that you MUST be a TC student to apply for this position.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Must be a student matriculated in a TC degree program
  • Must be taking at least 6 credits (or equivalent, which includes full-time equivalent offerings)
  • Full-time TC employees are not eligible for this position
  • Must be able to abide by the Student Confidentiality Agreement
  • Must be able to abide by the Student Privacy Requirements
  • At least one-year experience working with young children birth though age 5, preferably in a classroom setting
  • Must be pursuing studies related to young children and families
  • Able to work collaboratively with staff and parents
  • Be able to lift young children 6 weeks to 6 years of age in provide daily care such as diapering and feeding
  • Must be available full days during staff development week August 26-29 to participate in staff training, team bonding, home visits, and setting up the classroom
  • Commit to between 16-20 hours per week during the hours that the Center is open: Mon-Thur 8:45 a.m. to 5 pm and Fri 8:45-3pm from September 2 through June 25, 2021 (which typically falls one week into summer B). Hours are adjusted each semester to accommodate students' schedules and field placements such as student teaching.) There is 2 weeks off after the fall semester and 1 week off for spring vacation.
  • All GAs are expected to attend bi-weekly staff meetings Friday afternoons at 3:30-5pm, GA meetings occasional Fridays, and two full day Staff Development days schedule ahead of time on a Friday
  • We consider our GAs to be an integral part of our Center staff and invite their full participation in all of the Center's special events and activities throughout the year
  • The GR/TA must be related to the student's academic program and must further the education of the recipient
  • Demonstrated skills and abilities of a GR/TA must include the ability to exercise professional judgment, work independently, show initiative, communicate effectively, demonstrate excellent organizational skills, and contribute to the advancement of TC
  • Must submit Department of Health and TC required screening upon hire

Preferred  Qualifications

  • At least one year of experience working with young children in a classroom, preferably in a lab school setting
  • Knowledge of a second language is preferable since we serve a multicultural group of children and families

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